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New Year’s Traditions

The Kiss

“Happy New Year!” everyone shouts and then kisses their significant other. Why?Image

Not kissing someone – anyone – at midnight is a surefire way to guarantee yourself a year of loneliness, according to tradition. Kissing someone may even ward off evil spirits.

No significant other? Anyone will do. But I know who I’m kissing.

Auld Lang Syne

This old Scottish song, which translates to “Old Long Ago,” is sung at midnight to ensure that we stay rooted in the past and remember our histories.

Black Eyed Peas and other foods

This traditional New Year’s Day food is eaten for good luck, especially financial good luck. Lentils can also be substituted, as well as other beans. Other New Year’s traditional foods include eating 12 grapes at midnight – one at each gong of the clock for each month of good luck – and buttered bread – placed outside your door to indicate that no one in your home will go hungry in the year to come. Parsley wards off evil spirits and pork is said to help each person embrace the challenges of the year ahead. If you can eat at least one Chinese long noodle without breaking it on New Year’s Day, then you’re sure to have a long life. Cornbread, which is the color of gold, guarantees financial success, as do any round breads.

Underwear

The color of the underwear you wear on New Year’s Eve will dictate the type of year you’re going to have. Yellow underwear means you’ll have a year full of prosperity (color of gold, you see). Red underwear means you’ll have a year full of love, romance, and passion. White guarantees peace, harmony, and happiness. Blue is for good health and tranquility. Green is for life, well-being, and nature. Pink is for luck in love.

New Year’s Day Activities

Whatever you do on New Year’s will set the tone for the year. If you engage in healthy activities, you’ll have a healthy year, and the opposite is also true.

Burn your Christmas Tree

The Dutch burn their Christmas trees and set off fireworks at midnight. This is to help get rid of the old and make room for the new.

 

What are you doing for New Years?

Happy 2012!

Mythical King Janus, depicted with two heads on ancient Roman calendars, could look forward and backward and therefore became the symbol of resolutions. It’s no coincidence that January was named for King Janus.

If you’re anything like me, your New Year’s resolutions are usually the same thing – lose weight, spend more quality time with the family, blah blah. In fact, here are the top 10 New Year’s resolutions, according to USA.gov:

Quirckology.com  says that only 12% of people who make resolutions actually achieve them.  Forbes.com has these suggestions to help keep your resolutions:
  1. Choose resolutions that will make you happier – fix something negative or add something positive.
  2. Choose concrete, measurable actions to bring change.
  3. Start small. Be realistic about how much you can achieve in a small period of time and then make small consistent steps.
  4. Hold yourself accountable.  Keep a food, budget, or fitness diary if those are your goals. Join with others and help keep each other accountable. The Happiness Project is one way to connect with people traveling your same path.
And so, we wish you a joyous, prosperous, and healthy New Year and we look forward to continuing our conversations with you in 2012!

Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? 
Should auld acquaintance be forgot and days of auld lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my dear, for auld lang syne, 
We’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet for auld lang syne.


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